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Taking Care of TROUBLE

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When greenhouses are empty, there is an opportunity to thoroughly eliminate weeds to reduce problems for the next crop cycle. Weeds are a persistent problem, needing …

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Fertilizing Organic Crops

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The foundation of organic production is building and maintaining soil health. With few exceptions, the inputs applied for fertility and for pest, disease and weed control …

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Olivia’s Organics

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About three years ago, Mark DeMichaelis, president of State Garden and third-generation produce processor/distributor, had a talk with his father that would spin the nature of …

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A Wide-Open Field for Growers

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Chestnuts not just for holidays anymore. When Americans think of chestnuts, it is usually in connection with the Christmas song Nat King Cole made famous. However, …

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Labor of Love at Archi’s Acres

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Finding their place in civilian life can be hard for veterans returning from war, but there’s a haven in rural Valley Center, Calif., about 20 miles …

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Going Bananas in Georgia

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Little-known variety produces between freezes Banana enthusiast and researcher Richard Wallace successfully cultivates fast-producing banana plants in the nontropical climate of Southeast Georgia. Using the Viente …

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Gotham Greens: The Rooftop Greenhouse

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Consumer interest in buying locally grown produce has increased steadily. State and community “buy local” campaigns often are directed to small, locally owned and managed growing …

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Preserving the past for the future

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A look at the Roughwood Seed Collection Of his own efforts in this first time, hands-on heirloom gardening workshop at Roughwood, his c. 1805 National Register …

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Stretch Out the Season

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Most growers don’t grow in a climate that allows year-round field production of crops. With cold temperatures limiting the season at both ends, growers have adopted …

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Produce Presentation Starts with Packaging

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When it comes to looking good, packaging is the vehicle of presentation. This is especially true when it comes to selling fruit, vegetables and berries. No …

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Ackerman Family Farms and their Famous Pumpkins

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The American Cancer Society estimates that one in eight or 12 percent of women will develop invasive breast cancer in their lifetime. In an effort to …

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NEW STRAWBERRY CULTIVARS FOR BETTER FLAVOR

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Strawberries entice shoppers. Their brilliant hue and inviting shapes promise tantalizing taste. Food processors, too, capitalize on the appetizing color and distinctive flavor imparted by strawberries …

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Specialty Mushrooms

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Cultivating specialty mushrooms Growing cold-climate specialty mushrooms is not like growing the white button mushrooms (Agaricus bisporus) commonly found in grocery stores. For starters, button mushrooms …

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A Peek at Pistachios

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Tending pistachio groves in Arizona is about as different from raising corn and soybeans in Iowa as farming can be. When fifth–generation farmer Jim Graham began …